Originally Posted by 2018_fitlean
Hi, thanks for commenting!
I used to look good at 170lbs, didn’t had much size but was far from emaciated, I looked fit. I suppose I was 15-17% body fat then. I believe if I got down to 160, I’d look fairly lean and smallish and if I got down to ~150, I’d look very lean but awfully small.
Yes, I want to add muscle and gain strength. Weighing 150lbs is far from my goal, it's just that I wanted to 'get this over with' you know, get 'lean' once and for all.
I figured I'd maintain that new condition for a couple of months, maybe more, to try to upregulate my hormones or other physiological aspects as well as to consolidate new eating habits. After that, I will probably attempt to 'bulk'.
But again, this is all conjectural. I say I'd like to get to 6-8%, but given my history if I manage to get down to a healthy 12% body fat - instead of getting even fatter and less active than in 2017 - and stay there for a while it will be a huge victory for me.
Good luck and people are extremely helpful on the forum. Personally, I prefer your targeted approach of getting leaner first, than building mass. Many others will disagree (to each his/her own). A few things you may want to consider:
- 12% is a good starting goal and looks lean. Getting from 12% to a true 8% is an entirely different goal (6% - good luck). Experience, patience and meticulous habits are, generally, needed.
- Have a good estimate of your starting BF% (ask people here for help or go elsewhere to be tested) and expect the dieting process to be twice as long as originally anticipated. We all mess up and, again, patience (which is easier to conceptualize than practice) tends to be rewarded.